Traveling can be a stressful endeavor and traveling
internationally is can be even worse. With all the additional things to keep
track of, preparation can be difficult. To avoid an international flight mishap,
here is a checklist of items to help keep yourself a little more organized when
making your way to the airport.
1. Do you have your passport in an accessible place? During the checking in process and
security, it is important to have this available. Does your passport have a minimum of 6 months left until the expiration
date? Many countries do not allow you to fly in and get a visa if your
expiration date is under that time period.
2. Have you applied for all the required visas necessary to get into your
countries will allow you to fly in and get a visa. Some require you to mail in
certain documents. Have you researched entrance/exit fees and taxes?
3. Does the country you are flying into require a vaccination card? This is something that needs to be
taken into consideration many weeks prior to your flight. Keep it near your
4. Will you be using your cell phone? Do you have international data? Or will you need to
pick up a SIM card in the country you are visiting? Do you pay for roaming? If
you are unsure of any of the above, contact your provider to see what they can
provide while on vacation.
5. Have you contacted your bank to let them know you are leaving the
country? Many banks
will put a hold on your card if they see charges from another country. Call
them before you travel to set up a travel plan so you can access your money
6. What kind of power outlets does the country use? Do you need an adapter or voltage
converter? There are many countries that have higher voltages that can fry your
electronics and travel accessories if you do not come prepared.
7. Can you overcome the language barrier and navigate the country? Download some apps or get a book to
help with key phrases and maps. When in a foreign country, knowing some basic words
and phrases can make the trip much more enjoyable and having a map is always
8. Check your government's website for safety tips for the location you
are visiting. While
you can typically avoid issues in most countries using common sense, your
consulate may have additional safety information about the country you will be
9. Research the local laws and customs to ensure proper travel etiquette.
From not showing the
bottom of your shoes to covering your head, knowing customs before heading into
a country can help you keep a low profile and avoid offending the locals.
10. Did you get travel insurance? Have peace of mind knowing that your trip is taken care of.
Whether it is medical or theft, it is nice to have coverage when heading into a
foreign country. Some countries even require some sort of insurance to enter!
What other items would you add to the checklist? Comment
below to let us know what you think!